Building a Fantasy Hockey Beater

using machine learning to forecast nhl player performance


I convinced a couple friends to join me in a quest to wield Machine Learning to predict hockey player performance. It was a promising idea, but I needed their programming help and hockey insight to make it a reality. Knowing the outcome of the season before it’s played would assure success for our fantasy hockey teams! Just throw a bunch of stats into the black box of an ML algorithm and… poof! Championships! Right? We weren’t that naive (but still: naive). And at least we were aware of our naivety. Our combined experience with ML was 0.00, so if nothing else, we’d have infinitely more experience by the end. Continue reading “Building a Fantasy Hockey Beater”

Geeking to Fantasy Hockey Domination – Part 2

changing the fate of my fantasy hockey team through data analysis

I’ve been applying some data analysis to gain an edge in fantasy hockey leagues. Part 1 of this series explained how I managed to get each team’s performance data into Python so I can work with it. In this post, we’ll have a look at some of the useful analyses I’ve cooked up over the past few years. Continue reading “Geeking to Fantasy Hockey Domination – Part 2”

Geeking My Way to Fantasy Hockey Domination – Part 1

changing the fate of my fantasy hockey team through data analysis

I like hockey. Watching, playing, chatting about the NHL. Like so many sports enthusiasts, my interest in professional sports turned into an obsession with fantasy sports. Ten years later, I’ve been involved in multiple leagues with multiple formats, often several at a time. I’m even a league commissioner. The draft is an exciting way to tee off the season, and the competitive aspects keep interest in the game throughout the year. I think it’s a great way to get to know about the entire NHL, and not just the hometown team (GO OILERS!).

For some, success in fantasy sports comes through in-depth knowledge of each player and team. Hours watching games, listening to sports talk shows, and reading scouting reports. I’m not one of those guys. I take a numbers approach to fantasy hockey. Continue reading “Geeking My Way to Fantasy Hockey Domination – Part 1”